Three races in two weeks are coming up in Greater Victoria including two Island Race Series and one Mountain Equipment Co-op events.

Sunday, March 25 at Thetis Lake, MEC is putting on event number two of their five-event, year-long series, which features a 10K and a 5K run.

The 5K will encompass one lap of the two Thetis Lakes, upper and lower, while the 10K is a character-building circuitous route that includes rocks, roots, hills, turns, mud and in some areas narrow trails.

Race Director Caitlin Brown is expecting as many as 700 runners to Thetis.

The 10K starts at 9:00 am, while the 5K will go at 9:15. The start and finish area is at the main beach at Thetis Lake. Registering in advance is just $15, while day-of-race registration is $25.

SOCIAL MEDIA

See the information below for social media at the race this weekend.

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @mec

Race TWO Event Site: http://events.mec.ca/node/198436

Race Series Event Site: www.mec.ca/vicraceseries

Hashtags: #MECRace #MECYYJ #GoodTimesOutside

Island Race Series – Sooke 10K

The TriStars Sooke 10K as part of the Island Race Series is race number seven of the eight-event series. The gun goes at 11:00 am.

The start and finish areas are at Edward Milne School with plenty of parking.

The route is primarily an out and back with one, 180-degree turn on rural Sooke River Road.

The course records are 30:19 by Steve Osaduik of Nanaimo and Victoria’s Meghan Day has run it as fast as 35:23.

Online registration closes Friday, March 23rd, registration at the race is available.

“The course is beautiful, hilly but provides a fast final two kilometres,” said series manager Louise Hodgson-Jones.

Island Race Series – Bazan Bay 10K

The Synergy Health Bazan Bay 5K takes place the following Sunday and is the final race of the Island Series that includes race in Colwood, North Saanich, Cobble Hill, Nanaimo and Port Alberni.

The course is an out and back that is nearly perfectly flat. It is one of the fastest 5K courses in Canada and North America.

The course records are 14:11 by former UVic Vike Geoff Martinson and 15:48 by Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore, both international athletes for Canada.

The race starts and finishes on Ocean BLVD, however, package pick-up and awards take place at the Mary Winspear Centre.

The Bazan Bay event includes the full series awards.

Click here for all of the Island Series details>>

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